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|Title: Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good|
By: Amy L. Sherman, Reggie McNeal, Steven Garber
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 13 ounces
Stock No: WW838097
Christianity Today Book Award winner
Imagine the scenarios:
Now imagine a parade in the streets for each event. That's the vision of Proverbs 11:10, in which the tsaddiqimthe people who see everything they have as gifts from God to be stewarded for his purposespursue their vocation with an eye to the greater good.
Amy Sherman, director of the Center on Faith in Communities and scholar of vocational stewardship, uses the tsaddiqim as a springboard to explore how, through our faith-formed calling, we announce the kingdom of God to our everyday world. But cultural trends toward privatism and materialism threaten to dis-integrate our faith and our work. And the church, in ways large and small, has itself capitulated to those trends, while simultaneously elevating the "special calling" of professional ministry and neglecting the vocational formation of laypeople. In the process, we have, in ways large and small, subverted our kingdom mandate.
God is on the move, and he calls each of us, from our various halls of power and privilege, to follow him. Here is your chance, keeping this kingdom calling in view, to steward your faith and work toward righteousness. In so doing, you will bless the world, and as you flourish, the world will celebrate.
Dr. Amy L. Sherman is a senior fellow at the Sagamore Institute, where she directs the Center on Faith in Communities. She also serves as a senior fellow with the International Justice Mission.
Steven Garber is the principal of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation Culture, which is focused on reframing the way people understand life, especially the meaning of vocation and the common good. A consultant to foundations, corporations and schools, he is a teacher of many people in many places. The author of The Fabric of Faithfulness, he is also a contributor to the books Faith Goes to Work: Reflections from the Marketplace and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue. He lives with his wife, Meg, in Virginia.
"This book is a must read for pastors and church leaders to equip and empower their congregations into a 'Kingdom calling.'"-- Jason Bachman, Enrichment, Summer 2012
"Amy Sherman is a timely and compelling voice to the church. . . . Kingdom Calling is a very helpful read for pastors and ministry leaders who desire to learn specific and tangible ways on becoming more intentional in equipping congregational members for being a faithful presence for Christ in the world through their vocations."-- Tom Nelson, senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, and author of Work Matters
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